"If only I would have known sooner!"
"Is it too late?"
"I thought Maddy would have grown out of it by now!"
As a pediatric clinical neuropsychologist, I have heard these comments over and over again. It saddens me that many parents do not know where to turn for information when they know that something is not "quite right." In addition, many parents do not know what questions to ask their child's pediatrician or teacher when they think that something is a "bit off."
This blog is for parents and other caregivers of children to enhance your knowledge about thinking and psychological difficulties that your child may have from ages 4 to 18. We will talk about the different types of assessments used to help children, and also cover topics about attention and concentration, memory, and executive functioning skills, i.e., planning and organizational skills, time management skills. In addition, we will discuss evidence-based accommodations used to level the playing field if your child has significant difficulties within school. This information should help you understand the nature of any problems you may suspect your child is having. You will then be able seek out the appropriate help from healthcare professionals and educators who are working with your child.
I intend to enlist the voices of expert researchers in their field, to further explain the relevant studies about a topic that I will discuss each month. The "voices" of educators and other healthcare professionals can help us understand the "big" picture and decrease feelings of helplessness when we know that something is not "quite right," but we are not sure what to do about it.
I will not be able to offer advice to you about your particular situation, but please feel free to comment on the topics presented here throughout the next 12 months. Your comments will be invaluable in helping others. We all have a story to tell and each story is meaningful. Thank you for your time.
Karen L. Schiltz, Ph.D.
Psychologist (CA PSY 9508)
Private Neuropsychology Practice of Karen Schiltz Ph.D. and Associates
Associate Clinical Professor (Voluntary)
Medical Psychology Assessment Center
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Services
Davis Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA